Amy

Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.
BioSkin face mask

Masks made for outdoor adventure

Therm-a-rest Vela

Therm-a-rest Vela quilt for cozier travels

Kelty Late Start

Kelty Late Start 2 tent for local getaways

GSI Outdoors stainless steel

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Base Camper cookset

Granite Gear Toughsack

Granite Gear Toughsacks for multiple use

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Chill Angel Essential Tank for summer nights

Thousand helmet

Thousand bike helmet for at-home exploration

Daybreaker

Six Moon Designs Daybreaker pack for home and abroad

#vanlife camping with Thule

Cargo box solution for #vanlife camping

EcoVessel WAVE

EcoVessel water bottles for travel and day use

Xero Alpine

Xero Alpine boot for winter minimalism

By Amy / September 29, 2020 /

We’ve reviewed a number of Xero shoes here on Practical Travel Gear: for those who love a ‘barefoot’ feel, Xero shows are no-fuss, low-weight, and easy to pack for outdoor adventure and city travel alike. Today, I’m back with the new Alpine (I reviewed the men’s version with my teenage son). For those of you…

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Costa Waterwoman 2 for your next outdoor adventure

By Amy / September 22, 2020 /

Now is the time to embrace outdoor travel and backyard adventures, and if your backyard includes water, you’ll want the right sunglasses to rise to the challenges of 2020. I checked out Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunnies during late summer kayaking and paddleboarding adventures, and here’s what I found. Costa’s Waterwoman 2 sunglasses sport a large…

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Cotopaxi Taal convertible tote for your next adventure

By Amy / September 15, 2020 /

If you’re road tripping, camping, or otherwise traveling in a socially-distanced, safe way this fall, do it in style with a company that’s doing good. Cotopaxi has long been known for their ‘Do good’ campaign, which donates 1 percent of their annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, and their products designed and made with environmental…

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Welcome Fall with the Sierra Designs Tuolumne Sweater

By Amy / September 8, 2020 /

My dad’s first backpacking gear came from Sierra Designs, and he passed down this loyalty to me, along with a lifelong love of the outdoors. I’m pleased to be trying out Sierra Designs’ women’s Tuolumne sweater this fall, perfect for end-of-the-season camping and backpacking trips before it transitions into my ski mid-layer. The Tuolumne sweater…

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Xero Melbourne for home or travel

By Amy / September 1, 2020 /

As we turn toward autumn, it’s time for me to spotlight a shoe that will transition with you beautifully from outdoor adventure to urban lifestyle and, in my son’s case, college campus. A long-time fan of Xero hiking shoes, he has been happily testing the new Xero Melbourne, which features the same minimalist features he…

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Luci lights for summer ambiance and practicality

By Amy / August 25, 2020 /

Want to add ambiance and cheer to your campsite game, and provide needed illumination at the same time? AND not burn through batteries? We’ve loved Luci lights for a long time, and they only get more practical and versatile. This summer, I’ve been checking out the new Luci Solar String Lights, which are $45 for…

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GCI Outdoor cook station for your next camping adventure

By Amy / August 18, 2020 /

In order to find safe travel options, I’ve been doing a lot of camping and road tripping, mostly in a Westfalia camper van. Not to brag, but I think we’ve finally got our outdoor kitchen setup dialed, pairing a few older camp tables with the GCI Outdoor Slim-Fold Cook Station. The beauty of this product…

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Royal Robbins Hemp line for comfort and style

By Amy / August 11, 2020 /

I’ve been traveling in Royal Robbins for years, and I’m so glad they’ve jumped onboard the hemp clothing trend. Sustainable and comfortable, hemp material doesn’t wrinkle, feels so soft to the touch, and can take a beating. Right now, we’re only road tripping and camping, and Royal Robbins has been along for the ride. I’ve…

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Tarpestry tarps for your next camping or road trip

By Amy / August 4, 2020 /

Tarp + tapestry = Tarpestry! This creative company is making multi-use tarps that are pretty enough to be displayed. Perfect for camping trips, #vanlife, road tripping, and at-home use, these beautiful tarps are rugged and serve multiple purposes. I’ve used mine as a water-resistant picnic blanket, as a tablecloth at the campground, as a sunshade,…

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Ignik gas growler to live your best #vanlife!

By Amy / July 28, 2020 /

Road tripping, camping, and camper van life are all having quite the moment right now. Those of us who love the outdoors and exploration are turning to self-sustained travel options in which we have the ability to make our own meals and sleep in our own beds, whether those beds are sleeping bags or RV…

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